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Software : Positive Peace

ShutDown Machine is this cool little utility that lets me set a timer to shut down my windows machine. It comes in handy when I want to go to sleep listening to music and want the PC to shut down after say about 30 mins or so. Its a standalone .exe file which runs without any installation. I am sure there are several such utilities, this is the one with the highest pagerank and i decided to try it. It just worked and I never bothered to hunt for something with more customizable options. Also, utorrent has a similar feature which lets you shutdown your machine once the downloads are complete.

I grew up obtaining software & installing it. I didnt have an internet connection… would have to pay by the minute to use internet. However, today something has gone wrong with my hard disk, terribly wrong, it has trouble booting, is noisy if it manages to boot & is very slow when it runs. Its a 25-30 day old 250GB Seagate SATA hard disk. I spent over an hour trying to fix it, was behaving randomly, got bored. I still wanted to use the comp. I put a live cd in & am online.

I have music through soma.fm, chatting with everyone through Meebo, blogging over here, spent a lot of time reading feeds through Google Reader & also spent time browsing without missing my hard disk. Perhaps, the only thing i miss is the movies dat i could have watched. I cant have movies streaming in super fast on the connection i have @ home , its a simple 64k connection, costs me 450 rupees per month… should translate to about 6 UK pounds or roughly 12-13 US$

However, the point is, hard disk was not missed much. I will need the hdd for the following things:

  1. Burn DVDs
  2. Use Picasa
  3. Gaming
  4. general storage

Am pissed @ the way h/w just ditched me… am happy Linux Live CDs are at the rescue. Amarok is amazing & so is Firefox, i miss the extensions though… so a long term project would be to make a proper Live CD which has everything i would want… wherever i go.

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